ARCAM CD23 internal DAC vs. stand-alone DAC

Further to my post regarding the latest Benchmark DAC vs Bel Canto DAC - I'm wondering if it would be worth adding a modern $1000 stand-alone DAC to the CD23. A few years back the internal Ring-DAC was one of the best available and adding a separate DAC would not be an advantage. But now that DAC chip-sets have advanced (along with reclocking circuitry) to the point where, "the Benchmark sounds better than a $10K DAC available a few years ago...and is a giant killer", is this still the case? This question pertains to the older and original CD23, not the latest and greatest CD33.
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What do you like/dislike about the CD23 sound? I had one for a while and really enjoyed its combination of resolution and ease. Somehow though I found myself attracted to "warmer" sounding CDP's - even though the CD23 didn't fail to charm, and in some ways, I liked how "clean" it's sound was relative to other commers (especially wrt the bass). What are your impressions, as you search for improvement?
If you can find a copy of the Stereophile review of the Arcam CD33 it might be helpfull. They did try the Benchmark DAC with the 33 and if my recollection is correct it did some things better, some not as good. I have heard the 23 and the 33 and I think that they, though not identical, are similar. Hope this is helpfull.
There's no real advantage to adding a stand alone DAC to the CD-23. As you mentioned the Ring-DAc was an still is one the best internal/external DAC's available. The only reason Arcam changed from Ring Dac to Wolfson was because they couldn't reach a agreement on price an parts availability with the folks who make Ring Dac.
As for the CD-33 it is not better than the CD-23(checkout Hi Fi choice review) as I mentioned above the reason Arcam switched from Ring Dac to Wolfson was a business decision not because it was better!
I have had the CD-23 and switched to the Audio Research CD-3 MkII and the difference is not that much, certainly not $3000 better. I also compared the CD-3 MkII to the Cary 303/200 again the difference was not a $2500 difference.
That alone was an eye opener for me. In addition, there was an article in stereophile not too long ago that spoke to this very issue. Basically what was said was there's not that much audible difference between middle grade digital players($2000-$5000)an the upper grade($6000-$12,000)players
Essentially they said take the difference in money and buy more CD's
I know that there're probably a lot of people who would disagree(and that's fine)but that has been my experience.
The only thing you're going to gain by going from a standalone(CD-23) to seperate DAc is needing more shelf space!
Also, digital technology has not advanced that much( in terms of audible difference)to warrant the dollar difference. Just my opinion.
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